Classic rockers Van Halen had Nikon at Jones Beach Theater jumping on Saturday night.
Outlined in the fluorescent colors of the stage lighting, lead vocalist David Lee Roth danced flamboyantly around in one of his usual tight outfits, backed by the electric strums of guitarists Eddie and Wolfgang and drummer Alex Van Halen.
The show was their second at the amphitheater last week. Promoters had added the additional concert earlier this year due to popular demand to see the popular California rockers.
The set included their many fan favorites, including “Beautiful Girls,” “Hot for Teacher” and “Ain’t Talkin’ ‘Bout Love.” The night concluded with their cover of The Kinks’ “You Really Got Me,” “Panama,” their 1984 hit, “Jump,” plus a whole lot of applause.
Following Eddie Van Halen’s icy interview with Rolling Stone in June, with worrisome implications about the band’s future, fans were relieved to see the bands’ dynamic on stage.
Despite their differences, the tension between David and Eddie was nonexistent, even if David and the Van Halens all cut hands pretty quickly at the end of the show.
Their maturity was a clear indication that this was a night not for themselves or their fame or their money, but for the fans.